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Dr. Felix Maier

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Department for Ancient History
Ancient History
Junior Fellow
April 2017 - January 2018

Room 02 012
Phone +49 (0)761 203 97358
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Felix Maier is currently assistant professor at the Freiburg University. He studied Latin, Ancient Greek and History at the universities of Eichstätt and Freiburg, where he graduated in 2008. From 2009-2011 he did his PhD in Oxford (Wadham College) and Freiburg. In 2015, he received the venia legendi both in Ancient History and Classical Philology at the University of Freiburg. He has received research grants including a PhD fellowship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. In 2012, he became junior member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. His areas of research are Greek and Roman historiography, the history of the 4th century A.D., ideas of space and time in ancient Greek philosophy and Digital Classics. He is the principal investigator of the project "Der digital turn in den Altertumswissenschaften: Wahrnehmung – Dokumentation – Reflexion".

Selected Publications

  • (2012): „Überall mit dem Unerwarteten rechnen“ – Die Kontingenz historischer Prozesse bei Polybios, München (Vestigia Bd. 65).

  • (2016): Rhetorik – Wahrheit – Mimesis. Das Wahrheitsproblem in der nachklassischen Geschichtsschreibung, Stuttgart (Steiner Verlag - in press).

  • (2012): Learning from history para doxan: an approach to Polybius' manifold view of the past, in: Histos 6, 144-168.

  • (2013): How to Avoid Being a Backward-Looking Prophet – Counterfactuals in Polybius, in: A. Powell (Hrsg.): Hindsight in Greek and Roman History, Oxford 2013, 149-170.

  • (2015): „Es bestand kein Zweifel, dass es Krieg geben würde“ – dynamische Prozesse in Konfliktsituationen aus der Sicht antiker Historiker, in: P. Mauritsch (Hrsg.): „Ich erklär‘ dir den Krieg!“ – Anlässe und Ausreden für bewaffnete Konflikte von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Graz (in press).

FRIAS Project

Not anymore “unto the breach” – the imperial transition of power in the time of Theodosius

One of the most remarkable changes in Late Antiquity is the transition of imperial rule from different residences along the border to the palace in Constantinople around 400 AD. The historical significance of this radical change, which was initiated by Theodosius, who moved the seat of imperial rule away from the battlefield to the palace, has often either been ignored or ascribed to contingent circumstances. Far from assuming that Theodosius had a clear plan to achieve this turning point, my study aims at explaining how it could happen, not why it had to happen. The project will illuminate a much neglected aspect of 4th- and 5th-century rulership and provide an original insight into one of the most extraordinary changes in Late Antiquity. In doing so, I also will provide new insight into the imperial image from around 350 to 425 AD.